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Offering rituals among Poqomchi’-Maya

Vinogradov I.А

Вестник археологии, антропологии и этнографии [Periódico revisado por pares]

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  • Título:
    Offering rituals among Poqomchi’-Maya
  • Autor: Vinogradov I.А
  • Assuntos: Poqomchi’ ; Maya ; Ritual Language ; Offering Ceremonies ; Guatemala ; History & Archaeology
  • É parte de: Вестник археологии, антропологии и этнографии
  • Descrição: This paper provides an ethnographic description of traditional ceremonies, during which the Poqomchi’ people (Mayan language family, Guatemala) make offerings to supernatural spirits and natural forces. Poqomchi’ rituals have not received sufficient research attention yet; this accounts for the relevance of the topic. These ceremonies are analysed against a general background of Mayan ritual practices. Special attention is paid to the process of altar preparation and to the peculiarities of the ritual language within which Poqomchi’ spiritual guides make requests to their divine authorities. The study considers burning rituals during which the Poqomchi’ ritual specialists collect the offerings and place them on the altar in a specific way. Then they light it with fire so that the flames transfer the offerings to the world of supernatural spirits and forces. While the fire is burning, ritual specialists invoke the deities, inviting them to the ceremonial place and bringing to their...
  • Idioma: Russo

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